(In the cartoon…”I always see you doing sport!” “Of course I do it! It’s prayer!! 5 times a day, with a minimum of 17 rakats every day”)(A rakat, or rak’ah, consists of the prescribed movements and words followed by Muslims while praying. It also refers to a single unit of Islamic prayers.)
I must admit that you really had me there with your sport, you really made me laugh.
As far as I am concerned, I see prayer rather differently. In fact you’ll be surprised to know that the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. (In 1 Thessalonians 5:16)
I agree that it is a real challenge, but that is what we are called to do; to be continually in a relationship with God. Whether I find myself alone in a forest, or squashed like a sardine in the underground, I can speak to Him in prayer. We can express our prayers in different ways, such as prayers of thankfulness, of worship, listening and also intercession, as I do when I pray for you…
Close your door and pray
Something which is very important is this passage, in the Injeel/Gospel (Matthew 6:6) where Jesus (Issa) tells us :”But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
Quite a few of your friends think that Christians only pray on Sundays, but I say that is not the case! Though people do not usually do it in public.
Question :What are the reasons which encourage me to pray?